Today, I had what Julia Cameron calls “The Artist Date” with a good friend, Stacey Thomas. See our happy faces below—is there anything more decadent and economical than going to a movie mid-day on a Wednesday? To a theatre that serves lunch? To see a chick flick? I’ve done it before and can tell you I usually feel like I’ve had a full vacation.
Julia Cameron is a prolific writer about the creative process. The concept of “The Artist Date” recurs in all her work. It’s fully explained in “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.” She states, “But what exactly is an artist’s date? An artist date is a block of time, perhaps two hours weekly, especially set aside and committed to nurturing your creative consciousness, your inner artist.” Cameron discourages company on the artist date, but as far as I know she’s never met Stacey. If she had, she’d make an exception!
We can all agree that the mom job is a more than full-time pursuit, demanding strategy, creativity, persistence and energy-on-demand. Like last night, when I attended college night with a reluctant sixteen year-old boy. The conversation, on the way to the car, went something like this:
Unnamed boy: “But nobody else is going.”
Me: “You think I want to go? I think this is my tenth consecutive college night in ten years.” (Slight exaggeration.)
If you haven’t done anything off the grid lately, I highly recommend the movie escape. To make it even more decadent, DON’T TELL anyone where you’re going. At least until after the movie.
If you have only fifteen minutes, dust off one of those books you received for Christmas and set a timer. Make a cup of tea. Read for FIFTEEN minutes. Go somewhere else. As trite as the “Keep Calm” stuff has become, I do love this cup:
Please watch the new section we’ve added called MOVIE REVIEWS; it contains my verdict on “August: Osage County.” Then, watch for Lynne’s posts from the Sundance Film Festival later this week. Lucky Lynne!